August 27, 2013

The Bourne Legacy Soundtrack

The Bourne Legacy soundtrack is composed by James Newton Howard, an American composer best known for his scores for films like The Fugitive (1993), I Am Legend (2007), Green Lantern (2011), The Dark Knight (2008), The Hunger Games (2012), King Kong and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). With a career that started in the early 80’s, Howard has scored over a hundred films. For his work, he has received several awards from organizations and award-giving bodies like the Emmy Award, the Classical Brit Awards, the Critics Choice Awards and the Grammy Award. He shared the 2009 Grammy in the Best Score Soundtrack Album category with Hans Zimmer for the film The Dark Knight.

Howard scored three big-budget films for the year 2012. These are The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Bourne Legacy.

The Bourne Legacy soundtrack contains twenty-six tracks; all are by Howard except for one. Moby, an American musician focusing on electronica has one song included in the soundtrack list. The song he contributed is called Extreme Ways. The song wasn’t originally composed for the Bourne movie as it was released way back in 2002. It was a single from Moby’s studio album titled 18. This is not the first time that the song was used in a Bourne movie. In fact, the song was used in all three previous Bourne movies. It’s used in the closing credits of all films.

The Bourne Legacy Soundtrack List
Legacy
Drone
You Fell in Love
NRAG
Program Shutdown
Over the Mountain
They’re All Dead
High Powered Rifle
Manila Lab
Wolves/Sic Ric
Aaron in Chicago
Doctor of What?
Wolf Attack
Chem Talk
Aaron Run
Flight 167
You Belong Here
Cognitive Degrade
Viralled Out
17 Hour Head Start
You’re Doing Fine
Simon Ross
Magsaysay Suite
LARX Tarmac
Aftermath
Extreme Ways (by Moby)

About the Movie
The Bourne Legacy is the fourth installment in the Jason Bourne movie series. The first three were The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. They are all based from the popular Robert Ludlum novels. Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, Duplicity), who was the screenwriter for the first three films directed this fourth installment. The first one was directed by Doug Liman and the second as well as the third were directed by Paul Greengrass.

Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne in the first three pictures declined to appear in the fourth installment when he learned that Paul Greengrass isn’t coming back to direct it. So the fourth film has a new lead in Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers). Renner plays a character named Aaron Cross. Also in the cast are Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn and Stacy Keach.

Several key scenes in the movie were filmed in the Philippines, mostly in Manila streets. Some were also filmed in Palawan, a popular island destination in the archipelago.

The Bourne Legacy soundtrack will be released a few days earlier before the film opens in theaters.

How to Promote Affiliate Products Using Facebook

Before we proceed on how you can promote affiliate products using Facebook, let us look into some facts first:
1. Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world. Its closest competitors are very far behind when it comes to overall traffic, influence, and of course the number of active users.
2. Facebook has over 800 million registered members/users. Tens of millions more are signing up each and every month. With the rate that it's been growing, it will just be a matter of time before we see it hit the one billion users mark.
3. Facebook is now head to head with search giant Google when it comes to web traffic.

If these facts don't make you stand up and start marketing on Facebook like crazy, I don't know what will. But this I will tell you – using Facebook can easily shoot your affiliate earnings through the roof. That is of course if you do it with the right techniques and the right attitude.

You use Facebook to reconnect with your old friends and find new ones, right? You share with each other photos, videos, and links to external websites that you find interesting. Where you come in as an affiliate marketer is in the sharing part. To put it simply, you just take your affiliate links then share and post them on Facebook. However, there's more to it than just posting your affiliate links on your Facebook wall. Sharing your affiliate links with your Facebook friends is just a small part of the picture. Besides, you won't make much or not make anything at all if this is your only strategy. Even if you have a thousand friends on Facebook, you will likely not make very much.

Let me show you the best and most effective way on how to promote affiliate products using Facebook. Just take note and apply later on the following steps on how to do it.
1. Create a Facebook Page for your affiliate products. Take note that a Facebook Page is different from a Facebook Profile. A Profile can only be viewed by people who are logged into Facebook while a Page can be viewed by anyone online whether he's logged into Facebook or not. The advantage of a Page over a Profile is pretty obvious. The more than 500 million members on Facebook can see your Profile. But with a Page, the billions of internet users can see it.
2. For this technique to work, you have to be promoting affiliate products that belong to the same or related niche. To be able to illustrate effectively, let's say you are promoting “internet marketing tools and resources”. There are hundreds of affiliate products that belong to this niche. These include ebooks, subscription-based newsletters, downloadable softwares, pay per view videos, members-only webinars, etc.
3. Log into your Facebook account, click on the “Pages” tab located on the left side bar then click on “Create a Page”. All you have to do now is fill in the information needed to create the Page. For our example, name your Page “Internet Marketing Tools and Resources”. Upload a professional-looking photo that conveys clearly what your products are all about. If you have a website or blog that's related to what you're promoting, put them in your Page as well.

4. Once your Page is done, you will then have to focus your attention in getting Facebook users to “Like” your page. When a Facebook user “Likes” your Page, his/her wall and newsfeed will be updated whenever you post something new to your Page. So the more “Likes” you get, the better. Ask your existing friends to “Like” and share your Page. Do this in a regular basis. You can also use external websites that allow you to increase your Facebook “Likes”. A very good example of this is Twiends. You can easily acquire 100 “Likes” by spending just one or a couple of hours on Twiends. The service is free to use so there is no reason why you shouldn't make use of it.
5. You may start to promote affiliate products using Facebook once you start getting “Likes”. The earlier you start placing your affiliate links on your Page's wall, the better. As we stated earlier, all the affiliate products you're going to promote should all be on the same niche. For our example, since our Page is about internet marketing tools and resources, then post only affiliate links that have something to do with internet marketing.
6. Don't just post affiliate links. Use other types of content like internet marketing videos your found on YouTube or links to internet marketing articles and blog posts you found in various websites and blogs.
7. Keep doing steps 5 and 6 every day. If you come across a new internet marketing affiliate product, then post it on your Page. If you come across a great article about internet marketing, post it as well. In time, the number of your Facebook followers will grow. They become more and more targeted thus if you promote an affiliate product, they will more likely purchase it.

That's pretty much all of it. Just find a niche which you think has a lot of affiliate products associated with it then start applying the above steps and tips.

For comments and suggestions or if you have some additional tips on how to promote affiliate products using Facebook, feel free to leave them on the comments section below. Thanks.

Toshiro Mifune: Japanese Movie Actor

I am a huge fan of Japanese cinema especially early movies dating back to the 60's, 70's and 80's. A friend of mine who studies film making in an exclusive film school in Manila introduced me to more Japanese movies than I can watch. She introduced me to old classics as well as modern masterpieces. To the ordinary movie goer, when he or she hears of Japanese cinema, what usually comes to his/her mind is the master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. But there's more to Japanese cinema than Kurosawa. Actually, if you dig deeper into the genre, you will come across peers of Kurosawa that you might find to be better filmmakers than Kurosawa.

Anyway, one actor who caught my attention recently is Toshiro Mifune. The talented and charismatic Japanese actor died just a day before Christmas in December of 1997. He left behind him an impressive collection of noteworthy movies. In a career that spanned over forty five years, he has appeared in more than 130 films. The most notable of this impressive body of work are the ones he made with acclaimed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. Mifune and Kurosawa had a long and successful association that produced 16 films. The most popular of these are the two classics – Rashomon and The Seven Samurai.

Toshiro Mifune Biography
Mifune was born on April 1, 1920 in Tsingtao, China. His parents were missionaries. He became a soldier when he turned 20, serving in the Japanese Army from the years 1940 to 1945. He entered the movie industry in 1947. Although he had no prior acting experience, Toshiro joined a talent content and eventually won a part in the 1947 movie These Foolish Times by director Kajiro Yamamoto where he made his movie debut. It was a small part but it paved the way for more acting opportunities.

When Akira Kurosawa saw Mifune's performance in These Foolish Times, he was impressed by the young actor that he hired him to act and star in his film Drunken Angel in 1948. This was the start of Mifune's long-lasting collaboration with the great Kurosawa. Together, they made 16 movies. Besides Rashomon and The Seven Samurai, their films include Throne of Blood, Macbeth, The Lower Depths, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, and Red Beard.

In 1963, Toshiro Mifune started his very own film production company. In that same year, he directed a film for the first time. The film was called The Legacy of the 500,000. It is the only film he ever directed. After the release of The Legacy, he went on to produce ten films under his production company.

Mifune has also worked with foreign directors. He has appeared in about a dozen films that were made and shot outside of his home country Japan. He has worked with directors like John Frankenheimer, John Boorman, Steven Spielberg, Terence Young and Kayo Hatta. The films he made with these directors are Grand Prix, Hell in the Pacific, 1941, Red Sun, and Picture Bridge.

Toshiro Mifune also appeared in a television mini series in 1980 with Richard Chamberlain. The series were called Shogun.

Cool Giraffe Animal Facts for Kids

The giraffe is an animal that belongs to the Giraffidae family. It's a member of the Artiodactyla order, class Mammalia. The giraffe's scientific name is Giraffa camelopardalis. Of all living mammals on earth, the giraffe is considered to be the tallest. This is mainly because of its long legs and its extended neck. Although these animals used to roam in countries which are now known as Morocco and Egypt, they have since disappeared from said places. Giraffes can only be seen now in their natural habitats in East Africa. West and South Africa used to have significant populations of giraffes but these gradually grew smaller and smaller during the course of the twentieth century. This severe reduction in their numbers is due to several factors such as large-scale hunting, climate changes and the conversion of their natural habitats into agricultural farms.

12 Giraffe Facts
1. The average male giraffe height is 17 feet. That's 5.3 in meters. The female giraffe, on the other hand, has an average height of 14 feet or 4.3 meters. One of the tallest giraffes ever recorded measured 19 feet or 5.9 meters.
2. Because of its long and elongated neck, you would think that the giraffe has more bones in the neck than other mammals. However, just like the other members of its class, the giraffe's neck also has 7 neck vertebrae. These bones are just much longer than usual, thus accounting for the giraffe's impressive neck length.
3. Female giraffes tend to be approximately 25% smaller than their male counterparts.
4. The giraffe's head has two or up to four outgrowths from the top of the head that look like horns. These are but bony outgrowths from the skull.
5. The giraffe is capable of extending its tongue up to 18 inches long. This is very beneficial as the animal often uses its tongue in reaching for food.
6. It can run at a speed of 30 miles or 50 kilometers per hour.
7. It's one of the very few mammals that can walk via pacing. Pacing refers to the walking technique wherein the animal carries both feet on the right side forward then simultaneously move both feet on the left side forward.
8. The giraffe is known to be voiceless but the truth is that it can produce several vocal sounds.
9. Majority of giraffes make open woodland and dry savanna regions as their habitat. They are particularly drawn towards areas with acacia growths. The animals tend to congregate around rivers during the dry season. When the rainy season comes, they live in regions featuring deciduous trees.
10. The giraffe's main sources of food are the leaves as well as new shoots of trees and tall bushes.
11. It either lives alone or lives with a small group. Giraffe herds can exceed over 100 members.
12. There is a form of hierarchy that exists among male giraffes. They maintain their status through posturing an through a form of fighting or sparring wherein they swing their heads and necks at each other. It's very rare though that the animals get fatally hurt in such fights.

2 Bonus Giraffe Facts
1. Some giraffes in certain regions have no specific mating season.
2. No two giraffes share the same markings on their coats. Just like snow flakes, no two giraffes are identical when it comes to the markings on their coats.

August 26, 2013

Baguio Peanut Brittle: a Nice Pasalubong and a Favorite Among Tourists in Baguio City

The Baguio Peanut Brittle is a very popular food product in the beautiful mountain city of Baguio in the Philippines. It's popular among the locals and the thousands of tourists that visit the city every month. In fact, the city has become almost synonymous to the term "peanut brittle". Say peanut brittle and the city of Baguio will come to mind. 

It can be bought at dozens of food shops and souvenir kiosks in the city. They are also available in stores near bus stops. If you want to shop around and look for the best peanut brittle, it's best that you go to the Baguio City Public Market. There you can find a lot of shops selling the product.

Baguio peanut brittle price:
The product can be bought at different prices. There are several factors that affect the price of a peanut brittle pack or bottle. For example, if it comes from a well-known brand, the price will obviously be higher. The stocks of peanut brittles being sold in the city come from several manufacturers and suppliers. Some of these suppliers deliver better products so their price tags are normally higher. A regular-sized plastic container of Baguio peanut brittle usually costs Php50 (Philippine pesos). Some sell for Php60 and some can go as high as Php100.

A common marketing tactic of the vendors is to sell the products in threes. For example, three containers of peanut brittle can cost Php100. If you buy the same products at Php50 each, you will be paying Php150. That said, buying the products in threes will save you a good amount of money. In the example given, you will save Php50.

Baguio peanut brittle recipe:
If you wish to create your own peanut brittle similar to those being manufactured in Baguio City, it's best that you personally visit the suppliers who cook and manufacture the products. They are easy to find as they usually have their contact details like address and phone number on the labels of their peanut brittle products. Most of them will be more than willing to welcome you and show you how they cook their products. If you can't personally come up to Baguio and see the cooking process yourself, you can just find recipes posted by food enthusiasts on the internet. The process of cooking the products are usually the same and can be easily followed.

So if you are visiting Baguio City anytime soon, it's highly recommended that you get a taste of their famous peanut brittle. They are very affordable and will make good treats and snacks. They are also great as a "pasalubong", the Filipino term that refers to the gifts that somebody gives to friends or family after traveling to a particular place.

August 23, 2013

How and Where to Sell or Exchange Your Unwanted Amazon Gift Cards for Cash or PayPal Funds

Do you have Amazon gift cards that you wish to sell or exchange for either cash or PayPal funds? In this article, I'm going to show you your possible options. These options enable you to exchange your gift cards for cash, PayPal funds or even other gift cards. For instance, you can barter your Amazon gift card for an iTunes gift card. There are several websites that allow you to do this.

If you have unwanted Amazon gift cards in your hands, why not sell them instead of seeing them languish in your account. The great thing about these cards from Amazon is that they don't have expiration dates. You can sell them today or next week or even next month. This gives you a lot of time to look for buyers.

Don't sell your Amazon gift cards on eBay
I tried listing some cards there and I got scammed more than once. That said, I won't recommend using eBay. Besides, I've heard that gift cards that are to be delivered to buyers electronically or via email are no longer accepted there. Anyway, you've been warned.

My favorite place to trade and sell my Amazon gift cards
Reddit. Yes, this is the place where I sell most of my cards. I've sold and traded dozens of cards there and I've never been scammed. Not even once. This doesn't mean however that there are no scammers on Reddit. There are a lot of them in fact. Before entering into a deal with anyone on the site, make sure that he/she has good comment and link karma. This means that he/she is a trusted user and is likely to scam you. To trade or sell your cards on Reddit, just go to the subreddit http://www.reddit.com/r/giftcardexchange/ and create a thread there advertising your offer. There's a standard format that you need to follow in creating your thread. Just browse through the other postings to find out how it's done.

Other ways on how to sell your Amazon gift cards
If you aren't able to dispose of your cards on Reddit, you can try any of the gift card sites listed at the end of this article. I've never tried any of these sites since I'm quite satisfied using Reddit. One disadvantage of using these gift card sites is that most of them choose the selling price for your cards. For example, if you have a $10 card, they'll buy it at 80% for $8. Some gift card sites even go as low as 50%.

When you use Reddit, you can sell your cards at any price you want. Anyway, if you wish to use a gift card site, here are some of your options:

Cardpool
Raise
Card Hub
Monster Gift Card
GiftCardBin
CardCash
Gift Card Monkey
GiftCards
GiftCard Zen
ABC Gift Cards

What is a Paluwagan: a Money Lending and Saving System in the Philippines

Paluwagan definition: this is a Filipino term for a form of money-lending scheme that is very popular in the Philippines. It's a very common practice among friends and co-workers. It's an informal form of saving and lending money. For a paluwagan system to exist, there should be at least three people involved. In most cases, these paluwagan agreements don't even require documentation or paperwork because the members are often close to each other. There doesn't seem to be a term for paluwagan in English.

How it works:
As was mentioned earlier, there should be at least three people for a paluwagan to work. Basically, all the members in the paluwagan will throw in a fixed amount of money into a pool of funds. This will then be received by one of the members. The process will be repeated as often as the number of members in the paluwagan. The pooling of money will happen on a schedule. It could be weekly, monthly, quarterly, every two weeks, etc.

So for a paluwagan system to exist, the following factors should be present:
1. At least three members
2. A schedule of payment
3. A fixed amount to be contributed by each member every payment schedule

Here's an illustation of how the paluwagan system works:
1. Let's say three co-workers decide to enter into a paluwagan. Let's name them James, John and Mark.
2. They agree on paying money to a pool every week.
3. The amount they agreed upon is $1000 per member.
Since this example has three members and the agreed-upon payment schedule is weekly, one cycle of the paluwagan will be completed in three weeks. So here's how the system works. On the first week, all three members will put $1000 each on the pot for a total of $3000. James will receive the cash. On the second week, all three members will again contribute $1000 each. John will receive the cash. The same process will be repeated in the next week and the weeks after that. The only thing that will be changing is the recipient of the pot.

So there you go. That's how paluwagan works.

Supreme Wealth Alliance (SWA) Ultimate Philippines Review: Is It A Scam Or Not?

If you are a Facebook user, it's very likely that you have come across posts, updates and advertisements by people who are involved with Supreme Wealth Alliance (SWA). So many people are aggressively promoting this business opportunity in Facebook groups and fanpages. In this Supreme Wealth Alliance review, we're going to look into the company, its business model and other aspects of the business. We recommend that you read this review before you join the business.

What is Supreme Wealth Alliance?
SWA is a networking company. Or an MLM company if you prefer this term. The brainchild of a Filipino named Francis Chavez, it's a business opportunity that offers you the chance to earn extra online income by promoting the same opportunity on Facebook. Just like other network marketing companies, you earn through the people who sign up through your referral.

The Product
Supreme Wealth Alliance's product comes in the form of a collection of materials and resources, most of which are in the wealth-building niche. These are ebooks, videos, and audio files. This package of wealth-building resources is their only product. But there's a HUGE problem with regards to the materials in this package. Almost all of those materials aren't unique to Supreme Wealth Alliance meaning the networking company did not come up with the materials themselves. You can find the same materials elsewhere in the internet. SWA simply gathered all these materials, dumped them in a package then sold it.
Another BIG problem is that many of the materials in the package are copyrighted materials. This means that SWA has no business in offering them for sale. This brings up the question of whether the founders know what they are doing. Some legal problems can arise with these infringements. You can't just gather books by different authors then sell them as your own. This is stealing. Pure and simple.

Spammy Promotion Tactics on Facebook
You've probably first heard of SWA on Facebook through a post by a friend or posts by people you don't know on Facebook groups of which you are a member. Looking at these posts, you can see another problem with Supreme Wealth Alliance. The way members advertise the business is rather spammy and unethical. They go around Facebook joining groups and posting about SWA without even considering if what they're doing is appropriate or not.

What these SWA members are doing is spamming Facebook. It's annoying. It's unethical. It speaks of greed. Overall, they are putting the company under a bad light. Seeing people holding wads of cash in front of their laptops or PCs is rather off-putting to say the least. What's worse is that Supreme Wealth Alliance is encouraging them to do so.If this is the kind of marketing strategy that your members are using, then it will be a matter of time before your company goes bust.

There's nothing wrong with promoting a business opportunity on Facebook. However, if your promotional tactics include spamming the feeds of people and groups, then it becomes wrong. Since SWA's main marketing is Facebook, these spammy tactics will likely continue to be employed by SWA members. That said, the founders of SWA need to find other recruitment strategies. Or if they insist on focusing their priorities on Facebook, they must at least educate their members to conduct themselves ethically and decently when promoting the business.
Now you know. If you ask me, I think SWA Ultimate is a scam. It's not worth it. They don't have products although they insist that they have. Just the plain fact that their members are stupidly spamming Facebook should be a red flag for anyone.

You might also want to read these related articles:
1) Ultra Proactive Marketing Inc. Review: Is It A Scam Or Not?
2)  Frontrow Enterprise Philippines Review: Is It A Scam Or Not?
3) Frontrow Review: A Former Member Of Frontrow Philippines Speaks Up About The Company

August 12, 2013

Things to Do in SM City Baguio

SM City Baguio is the largest and most popular shopping center in the city known for being the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Located atop the historic Session Road, the shopping mall offers everything from food courts, supermarkets, movie theaters, saloons, gyms, gaming centers and a whole lot more.

This is why the place has become a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. Although Baguio City is already a well-known tourist spot even before SM was built there, the shopping center without a doubt added more reasons for people to visit the city. A Baguio trip would not be complete without visiting SM City.

Here are some of the things that you can do in SM City Baguio:

1. Dine at the SM Food Court. Located on the first floor of the shopping mall, the food court offers a huge selection of menus and delicacies from all over the Philippines. You will find all sorts of dishes from different regions of the country. Ilocano dishes, Cebu dishes, Batangas dishes, you name it, they have it. There are probably a dozen food stalls so you really have a lot of choices. And yes, don't worry, the food are very affordable. So if you are tired of what the Jollibees, McDonalds and KFCs have to offer, why not give the SM Food Court a visit? You will whet your appetite for good food there. That's a guarantee.

2. Watch the latest Tagalog and Hollywood movies. On the top floor of the establishment are four movie theaters. Majority of the films being shown there are the latest offerings from Hollywood. Sometimes, a Tagalog movie or two is in the mix but this is kind of rare since the Philippines is not as prolific as it used to be when it comes to producing commercial movies. So if you are a foreign tourist longing for the kind of entertainment you have back home, the movie theaters in SM are a good place to hang out.

3. View the city of Baguio from SM's high verandas. For the best views, you should go to the top floor of the shopping center. From there, you can pretty much look down at some of the most popular parts of Baguio City. You can take a full view of the famous Burnham Park with the man-made lake in the center. You can see the Baguio Cathedral which is one of the most distinguishable landmarks in the city. If you want to take closer looks at the things around you, there are a few huge telescopes installed in the verandas that you can use.

4. Shop. The mall has dozens of stores that sell everything from electronic gadgets, designer clothes, wrist watches, sports equipment, fashion accessories, used books and many more. For grocery shopping, there's a supermarket at the first floor, near the SM Food Court. For fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and fish, there's the huge stall just outside the main entrance.

These are just a few of the things that you can do in SM City Baguio. To find out all that the shopping center offers, you should give it a visit.

How To Look For Apartments In Baguio City

Being the popular tourist destination it has become, there aren't much problems when it comes to looking for apartments in Baguio City. To accommodate the thousands of both local and foreign tourists who arrive in the mountain city every month, there are hundreds of hotels, inns, lodging houses, transient houses and apartments scattered all over the city. In some cases, you need not look for one because the moment you alight from the bus, you'll be met by people offering places where you can stay. 

Getting the services of these people can be an option if you arrived in the city unprepared, meaning you haven't made any plans or reservations as to where you should stay. However, it's highly recommended that before you buy that bus ticket going to Baguio City, you should make some plans on where you and your entourage should stay, be it a hotel, inn or apartment. Making plans has become much easier these days as you can often find and contact major hotels and apartments online via their websites or blogs. Some of them also have accounts in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and travel-based social sites.

If you are looking for cheap apartments in Baguio City, a good place to start is an area near a college or university. There are several major universities in Baguio. These include Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, University of the Cordilleras, University of the Philippines Baguio and Pines City Colleges. These universities cater to thousands of students from all over the Philippines. That said, these universities are usually surrounded by apartment buildings to cater to the housing needs of the students. Also, it follows that these apartments often charge less rental fees because most of their clients are students. So if you want a cheap Baguio City apartment, try looking near a university. These universities are easy to find and they are near each other. Just take a cab and ask the driver to take you to the university of your choice.

As we stated earlier in this article, you can look for apartments in Baguio City using the internet. A lot of the landowners and caretakers of apartments list their units in classified ads sites online. Some of them also have their own websites and blogs as well as profiles in popular social media sites like Facebook. To start your search, you can use classified ad listing sites like ayosdito.ph. Just go to the real estate section of any of the sites and type in your search keywords. Just typing in “Baguio City apartment” will do. You will be provided with listings of apartments available for occupancy in the area. It pays to mention here that you should be extra vigilant when dealing with the people who posted the listings. Always be wary of scammers and fake listings.

Rental rates for apartments in Baguio City vary significantly. These differences can be in the thousands of pesos even though the two apartments are in the same area or offer the same deals. With that said, you should move and ask around. Canvass for the cheapest rates and deals. A day or two of canvassing can translate to thousands of monthly savings in rental fees.

Where to Set Up Baguio Ads Online

Setting up Baguio ads is a great way to promote your products or services to people living in and around Baguio City. It doesn't matter if you are doing business transactions online or offline, putting your business in front of online users is a very effective marketing tool. For example, let's say that you are the owner of a restaurant within Baguio City. Although you cater only to physical customers, this doesn't mean that you can't take your restaurant business online. Of course you can, albeit, for marketing purposes only. You can use the internet to promote your business. The more you put it out there, the more people will be aware that the business exists.

When people hear the word advertising, they immediately think of high advertising costs since they are used to hearing the expensive rates of print, TV and even radio ads. The truth is online advertising is a totally different thing. Online ads are MUCH cheaper than traditional advertising. In fact, there's a lot of free advertising platforms online if you know where to look. The bottomline is online advertising isn't expensive. That said, there is no reason why you shouldn't give it a try. You have a lot of options when it comes to buying Baguio ads. There are hundreds of websites out there that are relevant to the Baguio niche. These are the sites you need to be targeting.

Let's take a look into some of the places online where you can buy Baguio advertising.

1. Baguio-based sites or blogs that focus on the city or the surrounding areas. There is a growing community of bloggers in Baguio City. These are bloggers who publish content on a variety of topics from current news, music, food, technology, education, parenting, etc. What you need to do is find these bloggers and ask them if they offer advertising space on their blogs. If indeed they are selling ads, you can then both talk about the details of how you should proceed. How you pay for your ads is the most important thing that you need to agree upon. Whether you pay a fixed ad fee or pay depending on the performance of your ads, it's all up to you and the blogger.

2. Social networking sites. The Philippines is among the top countries in the world who have the most number of Facebook users. That said, a huge percentage of Baguio City's population are Facebook users. You can market to these users by taking advantage of Facebook's advertising program. There are several ways on how you can advertise on Facebook. You can directly advertise your website, you can utilize a Facebook Page, make use of promoted posts, etc. There are so many ways that you can use Facebook to engage your targeted customers.

3. Baguio classified ads sites. There are a few of these directory-type of sites. What's great about them is that they are usually free. You can list your business website in them or you can directly post your products.

These are just a few of the places online where you can set up or buy Baguio ads.

Good Makati Dentists: Tips on Finding Them

If you are looking for a good and reliable dentist in the Metro Manila area, nothing beats Makati dentists. After all, Makati City is considered to be the center of excellence when it comes to health care. This of course includes dental care. There are hundreds of dentists working within Makati City. This can pose a problem as you will not know which one of them should you go to unless you get a recommendation from a family member or from a friend. Otherwise, you need to find ways in determining which dental clinic or practitioner best suits your needs.

Here are some very practical tips on how to find Makati dentists who have what it takes to provide you the kind of dental care you need:

Start your search online. Type in the words “dentists in Makati” or simply “Makati dentist” in the search bar. Look into the first two pages of results. You will surely get different types of results. It could be a business listing, the official website of a real dental clinic or better yet a review of the services of a particular clinic or practitioner. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to find a good dentist this way. Additionally, don't forget local business directories. Just browse over to the health category of listings and see if there are listings for dental care.

Get the recommendations of your family, friends or co-workers. Everyone of us gets dental care every now and then. That said, most of the people you know have dentists that they go to. So ask them for recommendations. Mention the specific type of dental care you need because dentists offer various services. Some practitioners focus on a particular service while some offer all of the services in the dental health care book.

If you have a family doctor, ask him or her for a recommendation. Health care professionals, especially in the private practice sector, are very well-connected. Often, they know most of their peers operating in the same area.

You can also ask your local pharmacist for a recommendation. Pharmacists know a lot about Makati dentists as clients of the dentists usually go to them for medicines prescribed by the latter.

If you can, try calling the dental clinic first before you go in. When you call, ask them if they can accommodate the kind of dental care you are looking for. As we said earlier, there are dentists who offer limited dental services. It will be a waste of time if you get at their office only to realize that they don't offer the services you are looking for.

And last but not the least, you need to consider the following factors: the reputation of the dentist, location, cleanliness of the office, and the dentist's personality.

Always follow these tips when looking for good and reliable Makati dentists. Also, we should mention here that rates of dental services in Makati are usually higher compared to other rates in the surrounding cities. This is of course expected given the higher cost of living in the city. But you will get your money's worth as dental services in the area are among the best in the entire Philippines.

How to Promote and Market Your Baguio Business Online

If you are the owner of a business operating within Baguio City, it's highly recommended that you try promoting it in the internet. It doesn't matter if your business is a restaurant, a hotel, a lodging place, a souvenir store or a bar, you can bring it online in order to attract more customers.

There are many ways on how you can do this. First of all you need a working computer with an internet connection. There are several Philippine internet providers that offer services at very affordable costs. These include PLDT, Smart and Globe. Each of these providers have their pros and cons so weigh your options very well before you choose one from them.

Anyway, once you have an internet connection, you can start plugging your business to the world wide web. Below are some very practical tips on how to promote your Baguio business online.

Use Facebook. This is the very first thing you should do. The social networking site is free to use and it has several features that you can take advantage of to market your business. Another great thing about Facebook is that you can easily find your target market. Use the sites search function to look for people, groups and pages within the city. You should also create a Facebook Page for your business. This is a page which people can follow or become fans of. To get the most out of Facebook, you need to be active. Get your followers engaged with interesting posts, quizzes or even contests with real prizes.

Create a blog for your business. This is a very effective strategy in promoting your Baguio business in the internet. When people who wishes to know more about your business search online, they will have something to go to for information. For this people to find your business blog in the search results, you need to do some search engine optimization or SEO. This is simply the process of using relevant keywords in your content. For example, if your Baguio business is a restaurant, you can use the keywords “Baguio restaurant”, “Baguio dining place”, etc. for your blog content. These keywords will help the search engines identify what your blog is all about.

List your business in local online business directories. Baguio has a few online directories. You should find these directories and see if you can have your business listed in them.

Pay for advertising. There are several ways on how you can do this. You can buy ads from ad programs like Google Adsense. Or you can directly buy advertising space from webmasters. Of course, you need to make sure that the websites you buy ads from have traffic that comes from Baguio. That said, you should only target websites and blogs that cater to the Baguio audience.

Use other social media sites like Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. The customers you get from these sites may not be as many as what you can get from Facebook but they will all add up.

If you implement these tips on how to promote your Baguio business online, expect to see an improvement in your business.

August 7, 2013

Rambutan and Lychee: Comparing the Two Fruits

People often confuse the rambutan and the lychee because these are two fruits that have a lot of similarities. However, they are two different fruits. In this article, we are going to look into the two fruits and each of their characteristics. From these, you should be able to learn how to distinguish a rambutan from a lychee. The two are both borne by evergreen trees that nearly look the same, they are commonly cultivated in the same countries and their fruits are almost identical if not for the hairy attributes of the rambutan. Anyway, the two fruits are described in detail below.

The Rambutan: The rambutan is the fruit of a tropical evergreen tree that belongs to the Sapindaceae family. According to popular belief, the tree originated from Malaysia and Indonesia. From these two countries, cultivation of the trees spread to neighboring countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. The tree also traveled as far as India and Sri Lanka. A certain species of the tree is also being cultivated in the Central American nations Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. This species is known as wild rambutan. Costa Ricans call it mamon chino. The rambutan is a non-climacteric fruit. What this means is that it only ripens on the tree. You can't pick it unripe unlike mangoes or bananas, fruits that you can pick unripe then leave in a corner to ripen. This isn't the case with the rambutan. You can only pick it when it's ripe.

Other places where rambutan is cultivated include Africa, Australia, Panama, Ecuador, Hawaii and the Caribbean islands. Ecuadorians call the fruit achotillo. The fruit is consumed in several ways. Aside from being sold fresh, rambutans are also used to make jams and jellies. In some instances, they are preserved and canned.

The Lychee: Like the rambutan, the lychee also comes from an evergreen tree that belongs to the Sapindaceae family. However, unlike the rambutan which is a tropical tree, the lychee can thrive in both tropical and sub tropical conditions. The height of a lychee tree ranges from 10 to 28 meters high. The tree is a native to Southeast Asian countries, Taiwan and China. The tree is also cultivated in several countries from all over the world. It's cultivated in Bangladesh, Japan, South Africa and in the states of Hawaii and Florida in the United States. If historians are right, cultivation of the lychee tree started in Malaysia, Vietnam and southern China. It was first introduced in 1782 to the West.

Lychee fruits mature within eighty to one hundred days. How long the fruit matures depends on factors like cultivar, climate as well as location. The shape of the fruit also varies. Some are round, some are heart-shaped and some are ovoid. Like rambutan, lychees can also be preserved and canned so they can be bought all year round.

As to the taste of the rambutan and lychee fruits, they are pretty similar. Their flavors range from sweet to sour, reminiscent of the taste of ripe grapes.
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